Two members of the Nitassinan Coalition and a Belgian photographer have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to seven months for being present at the blockade against the Ste-Marguerite hydro-project last June.

The Nitassinan Coalition was also fined $25,000. The group set up the blockade in an effort to stop work on the project by Hydro-Quebec.

Photographer Olivier Renard was arrested June 14 along with another photographer when the SQ police removed the blockade. Renard was later released and thought there would be no charges, reports the Montreal Mirror.

Renard was trying to become a Canadian citizen but the incident could ruin his chances. A press rights group, Reporteurs sans Frontières, is petitioning the Quebec delegation in Brussels and writing letters to the Premier on Renard’s behalf.